The Muppets were originally introduced back in the 1950s and were immensely popular throughout the decades. Now it appears the iconic characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have reached their peak with this generation.
Despite being heavily promoted everywhere, ABC has officially canceled The Muppets, ComicBook reports. The network pulled the plug after its first season. Back in September 2015, The Muppets appeared in prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show similar the format for shows such as The Office and Parks and Recreation. The premiere originally garnered over 9 million viewers but their 16th and final episode, which aired on March 1, 2016, only had about 2.73 million viewers.
Despite the weekly low ratings, The Muppets was expected to be cancelled before the upcoming year. In fact, there were reports that ABC wasn’t too happy with the direction of the reboot. Bob Kushell, the original executive producer and showrunner for the series, left the show back in November.
However,The Muppets wasn’t the only series canceled by the network. The other shows axed include Marvel’s Agent Carter, Nashville, Blood & Oil, The Family, Galavant, Wicked City, and Of Kings and Prophets.
But truthfully, it’s been a rough week for many TV series across multiple networks. Many other shows from NBC, CBS, and Fox have been cancelled. USA Today, revealed which shows from these major networks are “nearly dead” or cancelled:
Grandfathered, The Grinder, Second Chance, Minority Report, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Bordertown, Heroes Reborn, You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Player, Truth Be Told, Telenovela, Crowded, Undateable, Heartbeat, Game of Silence, CSI: Cyber, Person of Interest, and Code Black.
Despite all the cancellations, The CW renewed all 11 of its series for another season.